Did Bruce Bochy step over the line in having an opponent's scout removed from a team practice?
There was not a whole lot of bad blood between the Giants and Angels coming out of the 2002 World Series, and a decade later, the wounds inflicted on this then-12-year-old fan have mostly healed. The sight of a rally monkey still makes me cringe, but there is no longer any internal debate as to which Los Angeles-area franchise I find less tolerable.
Wednesday’s tiff between Angels scout Jeff Schugel and Giants manager Bruce Bochy won’t do much to change that, but it does raise the issue of talent evaluators’ access to other teams’ facilities. Bochy told CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly that he was putting his players through a “fundamental drill,” and intimated that rival scouts have no place at such activities.
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February 17, 2008 12:00 am
A conversation with the veteran scout from the D'backs organization.
In the past, scouts have been called the lifeblood of baseball, and even with the increased emphasis on statistical analysis in today's game, they remain a vital part of a team's success. The best of them, like Arizona's Joe Bohringer, incorporate both analytics and traditional scouting methods as they evaluate talent. Bohringer joined the Diamondbacks in 2006, and has a degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management and previously served as an Area Scouting Supervisor for the Mariners and as the Senior Manager of Player Development for the Dodgers. The 2008 season will be his 19th in professional baseball.